Patient Information

We are a fully computerised comprehensive general practice, offering a wide range of services to all age groups. All staff at our practice are dedicated to the highest standard of professional care. The doctors and nurses participate in regular continuing education to keep up to date with the latest medical information and treatments.

The practice has a strict 'No Smoking Policy.'

Our surgery is located on ground level, with wheelchair access and disabled toilets available. There is also ample onsite parking available.

Appointments:

If appropriate time is allocated for your appointment, we will endeavour to minimise the waiting period where possible. Longer appointments are available if required. If you, or a family member, require an interpreter service, we can organise this for you. Please notify us of these requirements when making an appointment.

Please Note: A no-show fee of $60 may apply if you do not let us know when you are unable to attend an appointment. As our practices are quite busy, many patients have to wait for appointments to become available. If you notify us and cancel your appointments when you cannot attend we are able to offer the time to another patient who can then see a doctor sooner. Please visit the practice locations pages for individual practice contact details.

*cancelling and rescheduling appointments does not incur a fee.

Emergencies will be given priority

Phone Calls to your Doctor:

Due to the Privacy Act this practice does not give results over the phone. Your are requested to make a follow-up appointment. Doctors do not take phone calls during consultations, but will be pleased to phone you back if requested to do so.

Presciptions:

It is advisable to make appointments in advance to renew scripts before medications run out. Prescriptions for medicines taken regularly maybe obtained without seeing the doctor under cetain conditions, providing the patient has been reviewed in the last three months. There is a fee of $10.00, which is not refundable from Medicare.

Reminders and Recalls:

Our practice generates a computer recall system for childhood vaccinations, pap smears and chronic illness (eg. Diabetes). We encourage patients to take responsibility for their own health, this includes follow-up care and pathology results.

Medical Certificates:

Medical Certificates are not issued over the phone. If patients require a medical certificate for an employer or benefits agency they must make an appointment to see their doctor, except if we are in receipt of a hospital discharge summary clearly identifying the patient is unable to leave home. Medical Certificates will not be backdated for any reason.

Fees: 

We are primarily a bulk billing medical provider; please present your current medicare card to the receptionist. If you do not have a current Medicare card, you will be charged full fees, these can be requested at reception. Two of our doctors do private bill (These doctors are only in our Family Practice at The Gap, and Family Practice at Glenmore medical centres - all of our other doctors offer bulk billing to Medicare Card Holders) 

Assessments, Drug Testing, Commercial Drivers Licence, Insurance, Solicitors Reports and Work or Travel related medicals can not be bulk billed. Check with our receptionists regarding the costs.

We are doing our best to remain a Bulk Billing Practice. If you cannot attend an appointment please telephone us so that another patient can be given your allocated time.

Home Visits:

Available for our regular patients, please contact the Practice during daytime hours to arrange a visit. This is not a bulk-billed service. Please note a non-Medicare Rebatable Gap payment of $80.00 is required at the time of consultation, $120.00 after 8pm.

AfterHours:

Patients can call our medical centre phone numbers after-hours to be notified by the answering machine of the phone number for the doctor on call. This is not a bulk-billed service. Please note a non-Medicare Rebatable Gap payment of $120.00 is required at the time of the consultation. This does not include our After-Hours Minor Trauma Centre which is open till 11pm 7 days a week.

Referrals:

All patients require a consultation with their doctor before obtaining a referral to a specialist. We are not permitted by law to backdate these referrals.

Patient Feedback:

From time to time our practice may invite you to complete a questionnaire regarding your views on the practice and how it could be improved. These surveys are completely confidential and will help us to improve our services. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your care received here at the practice, please inform us immediately.

Privacy:

Please refer to our privacy policy for full details on how we ensure your privacy. 

Complaints:

If you have a complaint we would like to hear about it, it is the best way for us to continue to improve our services. Please feel free to discuss your complaint with your doctor or the receptionist/practice manager. You may prefer to write to us or email our director Dr. David McDougall on director@australiandoctors.com.au. Private messages can also be sent via our Facebook pages if you prefer. If there is a problem you feel unable to approach us about, you may prefer to contact the Health Quality and Complaints Commission on the below address.

 

Office of the Health Ombudsman

GPO Box 13281

George St Brisbane Qld 4001

Phone: 133 646